Motif 26: Quarrel and Flattery
German name: Zankmotiv; Schmeichelfigur
There are several themes associated with the Flowermaidens or Magic Maidens. Quarrel (Wolzogen:
letztes Thema der Mädchen) accompanies the Flowers as they quarrel
over their prey, Parsifal, hence Lorenz called it Zankmotiv or Quarrel.
Above: Parsifal (Jon Vickers) and the Flowermaidens.
Wolzogen and Lorenz identified several other motives in this scene, including one that Lorenz called the Flattery motif (Schmeichelfigur). Below: this example from Lorenz (p.117) shows how Flattery develops from some earlier music of the Flowermaidens:
This pretty melody is based on the descending motif of Suffering. The Flowermaidens bring to men what Wagner once called,
the suffering of seduction.
References: von Wolzogen ex.15-5, Lorenz pp.117-9, Kufferath ex.32, ex.34, ENO ex.62-64, Bauer pp.82-3.